There are 10,685 beaches in Australia, according to a beer bottle cap chanced upon by amateur photographer Adrian Morgan. And he's going to photograph all of them.
From a yacht 500 metres off the coast, Mr Morgan last week trained his lens on the Illawarra coastline as part of a trial run to a sailing adventure that will make him the first person to photograph the entire Australian coastline.
Mr Morgan and his team will sail for six months, stopping every 2.5 kilometres to capture a panoramic image. The feat would be a fairly demanding experience if the pilot was any indicator, he said.
"There are certainly idyllic parts but there are some challenging parts - the weather is one," said Mr Morgan.
"I'm spending most of the day looking through a camera lens, not sitting back and having champagne.
"The way my friend described it, you take a photo, then you get ready to take a photo, then you take a photo and then you repeat that cycle. I'm absolutely exhausted by the time I go to sleep."
The pilot, which covered the coast from Wollongong to Port Macquarie, resulted in about 2500 photos a day.
The pictures will be digitally merged for a single, 550m-long image, to be exhibited at the conclusion of the project - called Picture the Coast - at a yet-to-be-decided gallery.
The idea was inspired by a trivia beer bottle cap for Mr Morgan and his partner in the project, Melbourne information management company management director Hish Fernando.
"We said, wouldn't it be great to see them all," said Mr Morgan.
"Australia's coastline is incredibly beautiful and we want to be able to let everybody experience that."
Two students are travelling with Mr Morgan as part of a sponsorship arrangement with Deakin University. He continues to search for sponsors.